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Oregon Rafting & Mountaineering - (Ages 14-16, 16-18)

Course Details

    Location: Oregon
    Activities: Mountaineering, Rafting
    Tuition & Fees: $2295 (10 day) $3295 (15 day) $4295 (22 day)
    Financial Aid Available: Yes

The Wild and Scenic Deschutes River flows from the snowcapped Central Cascades to the Columbia River. A spring fed river, the Deschutes has a very consistent flow throughout the year and offers rapids ranging from Class II to Class IV. This expedition will take students 97 miles through a beautiful desert river corridor carved through volcanic basalt and schist. Students choosing the three-week version of this course should be prepared for challenge and high altitude. Regardless of course length, this course is best suited for motivated teens ready to take on a challenge and return home ready for success. 

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How to Enroll

Steps to becoming a Northwest Outward Bound course participant:
Step one: Complete the online enrollment by clicking on Reserve Your Spot Today (above), or call to enroll (866-467-7651 or 503-946-3404)
Step two: You will receive a personalized Registration E-Mail from your Course Advisor within 48 hours.
Step three: Complete the paperwork that we have directed you to on this website.
Step four: We will need a couple of weeks to review your enrollment packet and approve your participation.

Enrollment Packet & Course Information

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Supplemental Forms & Scholarship

Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine if any of the following forms are required for your enrollment process. AGAIN, note the DUE DATE in your Registration E-Mail.
The Northwest Outward Bound School offers financial assistance in the form of Needs-Based Scholarships. The scholarships typically do not exceed 1/3 of the base cost. In order to receive an award offer, you will have to enroll in your chosen course, go through the enrollment and medical screening process and be officially cleared to participate on the course. There is a $500 deposit that must be paid at the time of enrollment, which is refundable if your scholarship award does not meet your needs. Please note that all scholarship applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and awards are strictly based on need and scholarship money availability. The application form is available below. Please contact Skye Clifford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have any questions regarding the Needs-Based Scholarships, and/or other questions regarding financing for your course.

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Course Description

This course consists of 4 to 6 days of white water rafting on the Deschutes River beginning at Mecca Flats. Students will begin with lessons in safety and river travel, then progress to reading currents, anticipating obstacles, scouting difficult rapids and working as a team to negotiate technical portions of the river. Students will also learn about river hydrology, swimming, paddle techniques, captaining the raft, expeditionary travel and take short day hikes. Students will also travel through historic Native American lands.

After the rafting section, students will trade in their water shoes for hiking boots and head into the Central Oregon Mountains. Students will be introduced to backpacking skills such as backcountry travel, map and compass navigation, and cooking and gear selection. Students will learn basic mountaineering skills, including rock climbing skills in the 1 to 3 days of rock climbing. Students will participate in 1 to 2 peak ascents depending on the weather and group dynamics. It is possible students will learn about snow travel in the early season, use an ice axe, and glacier travel in rope teams. Students also will have the opportunity to reflect during a solitude period called a solo.

The Outward Bound Difference
Our courses are based on more than just wilderness skills; they are designed to deliver life skills. Students will not only practice leadership skills, they will learn in an environment where instructors role model compassion and environmental stewardship. They will learn in an environment where challenge and adventure lead to a sense of accomplishment and a genuine feeling of pride. Students are expected to learn and master skills; to exercise craftsmanship; to try their best; and are asked to consider their experience in group conversations and through an emphasis on reflection and bringing learning home.

This course may be the hardest thing a student has ever done. Outward Bound philosophy maintains that by facing the challenges the course offers, students will emerge physically and mentally stronger with an increased mastery of expedition skills and a better understanding of their own capabilities. We think the payoff is well worth the work, but students should be aware of what they are getting into and be excited about the challenges.

Service and Compassion
Outward Bound courses are team environments where groups work closely together to travel, navigate and camp every day. Group living can be challenging. Inevitably students learn about one key facet of human interaction - compassion. Throughout Outward Bound’s 50-year history and into the present, we strive to deliver new perspective on compassion and being of service to others. Today most courses include a half to a full day of community service, and we hope a student's experience with us translates into a desire to engage in service to others when they return home.

Course Area

Deschutes River, Oregon – the Deschutes River is part of the national Wild & Scenic Rivers System. The river flows north from the Oregon Cascades to the Columbia River and then on to the Pacific Ocean. The Lower Deschutes is a popular river for both whitewater rafting and fly fishing. The river is spring-fed, which results in an unusually constant water flow and cold water. Excellent geologic evidence is present all around this area. Courses generally travel anywhere from fifty to one hundred miles along the Lower Deschutes. The rapids on the Deschutes are rated to Class IV, mostly Class II-III, and are excellent for learning paddle skills and teamwork. The group camps each night along the banks of the river. The Deschutes region has a colorful human history, and a railroad borders much of the length of the Lower Deschutes.Central Cascades, Oregon – Volcanoes dot the spine of the Cascade Mountains, rising over 10,000 feet above the forests, lakes, and rivers of the surrounding region. These glaciated peaks run north and south and create perfect mountaineering objectives for you and your team. The Central Cascade range is home to the Three Sisters, Broken Top, Mt. Washington, three Fingered Jack, and Mt. Jefferson. Four 10,000 foot glaciated volcanoes are present in this course area, with a total of nine major volcanoes. You’ll find a unique blend of dry east side and moist west side weather conditions which allow diverse types of vegetation to flourish. The area has a complex geologic history that continues today. You can find active glaciers methodically carving away the mountain and the dramatic traces of avalanches that altered the landscape. It is these features of the volcanoes that create a challenging playground from which you and your team will learn the more technical aspects of mountaineering and backpacking. Depending upon the peak, your summit attempt may necessitate glacier and roped-team travel. Snow could potentially factor into a substantial portion of this section of the course. 

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